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Bisbee hosts remembrances of infamous deportation of union miners

Sunday, Bisbee wound up a week-long commemoration of the forced removal of nearly 1,300 striking miners from their homes 100 years ago. The event, known as the Bisbee Deportation, was "the biggest mass kidnapping in American history" but hasn’t always been well known, even to people who grew up in the area.... Read more»

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As ‘gig economy’ grows, labor experts split on whether it’s good or bad

Many workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors and not employees.... Read more»

AZ Supreme Court OKs police pay for on-the-clock union work

The Arizona State Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that paying police officers while they did work for the police union does not violate the state constitution.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week.... Read more»

Helen Chavez, widow of late labor leader Cesar Chavez, dies at 88

Helen Chavez, the widow of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez, died in California at age 88 on Monday, said the United Farm Workers of America, an labor organization that her husband helped start. ... Read more»

Supreme Court case could devastate public worker unions, advocates say

A Supreme Court case argued Monday could significantly weaken government unions across the country. If the justices rule in favor of the plaintiffs every state in the country will essentially become a “right-to-work” state, where employees who choose not to belong to a public union won’t have to give it fees of any kind. ... Read more»

Workplace deaths on the rise in U.S.

More Americans died on the job last year, with the increase concentrated among older employees as well as self-employed and contract workers. ... Read more»

Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block NLRB’s new ‘joint employer’ rule

Supporters said the new definition of “joint employer” is needed to protect workers in the modern economy, where contracted-out work often gives employees no recourse when labor laws are violated.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Rising Arizona membership gives unions something to cheer for Labor Day

Arizona labor unions have something to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, with union membership in the state rising last year for the first time since the start of the recession.... Read more»

City offices closed to honor Cesar Chavez

Most city workers have the day off Monday, as Tucson marks its first municipal holiday honoring labor leader César Chávez. The holiday was unanimously approved by the City Council last year.... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Latino workers dying at higher rates in job accidents

As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.... Read more»1

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Fear stifles wage abuse complaints

Violations often are concealed, and regulators hindered, because workers fear what will happen if they speak up.... Read more»

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